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Paper: US To Back Thai Muslim For UN Head

More good news from those pining for the caliphate at Reuters:


Surin Pitsuwan meeting with Secretary-General Kofi Annan at Bangkok International Airport.

U.S. to back Thai Muslim as UN chief: paper

Thu Sep 28, 2006 11:44 AM ET

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Former Thai Foreign Minister Surin Pitsuwan, a Muslim with wide international respect, emerged on Thursday as a possible last-minute candidate to replace Kofi Annan as United Nations Secretary-General.

Citing "informed sources", Thailand's Nation newspaper said Surin was about to receive backing from the United States, who felt he was a "strong candidate".

"He is an Asian, a moderate Muslim and a former foreign minister who is well-known and respected in the international community," the paper quoted an unidentified source as saying…

In New York, Richard Grenell, the spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, said the Nation report was "completely wrong" in reporting that Pitsuwan was about to receive U.S. backing for the post.

UN Security Council members conduct a third informal vote on Thursday on their preference for the seven declared candidates. South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon has emerged top of the two previous polls…

Thailand's declared candidate, Surakiart Sathirathai, a deputy prime minister in the government ousted in a coup last week, has come third in the previous votes…

Never mind that the US Mission has denied it is backing Pitsuwan. Reuters went with what they hope will happen for their headline.

And the sad thing is Reuters and the Thai paper are probably right.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, September 28th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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